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  1. U2 Expanding 'Unforgettable Fire' This Fall

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While U2's "360 Tour" just got underway in Chicago this past weekend, fans are in store for another treat this fall as the 25th anniversary of the band's classic 1984 album, "The Unforgettable Fire" will be celebrated ...

  2. Beatles Remasters Dominate U.K. Album Charts, Vera Lynn Takes No. 1

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a new U.K. album chart otherwise dominated by Beatles remasters, 92-year-old Dame Vera Lynn yesterday (Sept. 13) became the oldest living artist to have a bestselling title as "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn" (Decc ...

  3. Aged 92, Dame Vera Lynn Has Britain's No. 1 Album

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a new U.K. album chart otherwise dominated by Beatles remasters, 92-year-old Dame Vera Lynn yesterday (Sunday, Sept. 13) became the oldest living artist to have a bestselling title as "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn&quo ...

  4. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, AEG Live, Baidu

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- According to one analyst, Ticketmaster 's plan to introduce dynamic pricing ( read more in Thursday's post at Billboard.biz has a lot of potential. In a research report, Thomas Weisel's Ben Mogil upgraded the company's ratin ...

  5. Whitney Houston Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whitney Houston mirrors her Billboard 200 success with a No. 1 debut on European Top 100 Albums with her comeback set "I Look To You" (Arista/RCA/Sony Music Entertainment). There's also a new champion on European Hot 100 Singles, wh ...

  6. Jay-Z, Arctic Monkeys Run The Top Of U.K. Charts

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "Run This Town" (Roc Nation/Universal), featuring Rihanna and Kanye West, powered straight to the top of the new U.K. singles chart Sunday (Sept. 7), while Arctic Monkeys' "Humbug" (Domino) retained leadership ...

  7. Robbie Williams' ARIA Performance Confirmed

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British pop giant Robbie Williams will make his long-awaited return to Australia when he performs at the 2009 ARIA Awards in Sydney on Nov. 26. Williams will perform new single "Bodies" on the night, lifted from his forthcoming EMI Music ...

  8. Arctic Monkeys' 'Humbug' Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arctic Monkeys' third album "Humbug" (Domino) becomes the British modern rock band's first No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart. Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" is relegat ...

  9. Arctic Monkeys, Dizzee Rascal Top U.K. Charts

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Arctic Monkeys scored their third U.K. No. 1 album and Dizzee Rascal his third No. 1 single in the territory as the new charts were published Sunday (Aug. 30) by the Official Charts Company. The English modern rock band's third album "Hu ...

  10. Black Eyed Peas Ends Jackson's Euro Chart Reign

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the first time since his death, Michael Jackson surrenders the top spot on European Top 100 Albums, replaced by Black Eyed Peas' "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" (Interscope/Universal). That hits No. 1 for the first time in ...

  11. DJs Calvin Harris, David Guetta Top U.K. Charts

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT DJ-producers hold sway on the new U.K. sales charts, published by the Official Charts Company Sunday (Aug. 23). Scotland's Calvin Harris entered the album chart at No. 1 with his sophomore set "Ready For The Weekend" (Columbia/Sony ...

  12. Michael Jackson Still Reigns In Europe

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the second time in recent weeks, one Michael Jackson compilation succeeds another at the top of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums, as "King of Pop" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) resumes its reign at No. 1. Meanwhile, Pitbull ...

  13. Michael Jackson Continues U.K. Chart Run

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For the seventh week running, "The Essential Michael Jackson" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) tops the U.K. album chart, while for the second time this year, Black Eyed Peas are in a second stint atop the singles chart, this time with &q ...

  14. Jackson Still Dominates Euro Chart

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There's a second week at No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums for "The Collection" (Sony Music Entertainment) by Michael Jackson, who continues to have three of the chart's top four titles. Pitbull's "I K ...

  15. Spotify To Launch Service In China

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fast-growing Swedish Internet firm Spotify on Wednesday announced an agreement with Chinese media conglomerate Tom Group to bring Spotify's digital music-streaming service to China. Tom Group, which already has partnerships with eBay and Skyp ...

  16. Sales Boost For Mercury Nominees

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Albums nominated for this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Prize have seen big increases in sales, according to market-leading U.K. entertainment retailer HMV. The 12-album shortlist for the award, which honors the best U.K. and Irish albums of the year ...

  17. Michael Jackson Is King Again In Europe

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson replaces himself at the top of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as "The Collection" moves 2-1 to swap places with another Epic/Sony Music Entertainment compilation, "King of Pop." Meanwhile, Pitbu ...

  18. Michael Jackson Controls Euro Chart

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's "King of Pop" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) continues its chart-topping run on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums survey, with Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (Ultra/B1) moving in ...

  19. Michael Jackson Still Dominates Euro Chart

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson continues to hold down the top four titles on European Top 100 Albums, as European Hot 100 Singles welcomes a new bestseller in Pitbull's former Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 hit "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" (Ultra/B1 ...

  20. Who's Who On The Mercury Prize 2009 Shortlist

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bat for Lashes - "Two Suns" (Parlophone/EMI) "Two Suns" is the second album from alt-folk act Bat for Lashes, the brainchild of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan. According to the Official Charts Co (OCC) ...

  21. Big Hitters React To Mercury Nominations

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alternative acts Kasabian and Bat for Lashes have both expressed their delight to Billboard.biz at being nominated for the 2009 Barclaycard Music Prize. The acts were among the nominees present at the Hospital club in London today (July 21) for th ...

  22. Florence, Kasabian Lead Mercury Prize List

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award. The two acts were quoted at odds of 5/1 by leading U.K. bookmaker ...

  23. Michael Jackson Scores Eight Of Top 10 Euro Albums

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a history-making week on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums, Michael Jackson holds down a spectacular eight of the top ten titles. Meanwhile, "When Love Takes Over" (Positiva/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland starts a ...

  24. London Goes Gaga

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga has played what was billed by her label as her first headline London show, following Wembley Stadium support slots with Take That this month and appearances at Glastonbury Festival and T in the Park. The U.S. synth-pop artist played a 60 ...

  25. Michael Jackson Remains King Of U.K. Charts

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As Cascada's "Evacuate The Dancefloor" (All Around The World/Universal) started a second week atop the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday), Michael Jackson's catalog sales enjoyed another healthy week in the market. Altho ...

  26. Michael Jackson Dominates Euro Chart

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson achieves unique pan-European sales domination this week with the top four titles on European Top 100 Albums, and five of the top six. "When Love Takes Over" (Positiva/EMI) by French DJ David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland ...

  27. Jackson Dominates U.K., Australian Charts

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's death has sparked an extraordinary sales drive in Australia, while the singer has 49 singles in the top 200 in the U.K. and nine albums in the top 75. The U.K.'s Official Charts Co said that Jackson's combined sale ...

  28. Dream Theater Debuts Atop Euro Chart

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Europe welcomes a new bestseller on the composite European Top 100 Albums chart, as New York rock outfit Dream Theater's "Black Clouds and Silver Linings" (Roadrunner) opens its account at No. 1. Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boo ...

  29. Michael Jackson Set To Rock Charts Again

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After his record-breaking chart week, the late Michael Jackson will continue to shake up the charts next week, too. Industry prognosticators project that his "Thriller" album may sell as much as 110,000-130,000 by week's end at the ...

  30. Echo Klassik Awards Honors Placido Domingo

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Tenor Placido Domingo is to receive the lifetime achievement award at the German Echo Klassik Awards 2009. The awards show is presented by the Deutsche Phono Akademie, the cultural institute of the German Music Industry Association (BVMI), on Oct. ...

  31. Placebo Holds Off Black Eyed Peas On Euro Chart

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Pow" (Interscope/Universal) moves back to the top of Billboard's European Hot 100 Singles, but the group's "The E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies)" is again held off No. 1 on European Top ...

  32. Dad Rock Boost For U.K. Album Sales

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. album sales recorded a 21.9% volume increase on the previous week as themed compilations and new artist albums proved popular as gifts for Father's Day (June 21). The figures from trade body the BPI and the Official Charts Company reveal ...

  33. Placebo Tops Euro Chart

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Placebo's sixth studio album "Battle For The Sun" (Dreambrother/PIAS) gives the long-running modern rock trio an instant No. 1 on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart. Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Un ...

  34. Fleet Foxes, Blur Honored At Mojo Awards

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Seattle folk-rock band Fleet Foxes was named best live act by Mojo magazine at its annual awards ceremony in London. Fleet Foxes beat Leonard Cohen, Seasick Steve, Paul Weller and Radiohead to the live award, although they lost out in the other tw ...

  35. Black Eyed Peas At No. 1 On European Hot 100

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As Green Day starts a third week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart with "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music), Lady Gaga's 15-week reign over European Hot 100 Singles with "Poker Face" (Intersco ...

  36. Green Day Scores Second Week Atop Euro Chart

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music) starts a second week atop Billboard's European Top 100 Albums, as Lady Gaga moves into a 15th straight week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles with "Poker Face& ...

  37. Exile Wins Big At MTV Video Music Awards Japan

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Japanese group Exile won best video of the year for the second consecutive year at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan, held just outside Tokyo in the Saitama Super Arena. The Avex act's video "Ti Amo (Chapter2)" snared the top honors ...

  38. Green Day Rises To European Chart Summit

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There's a new No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums, as Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music) ascends 2-1 in its second week. But Lady Gaga is yet again Billboard's pan-European singles queen, as "Pok ...

  39. Take That's iTunes Season Opens

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Take That has become the first U.K. music act to issue an iTunes "season pass" subscription package. The "Take That The Circus Live: iTunes Pass" goes live today (May 21) and offers fans exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, liv ...

  40. Depeche Mode Holds Off Green Day On Euro Chart

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI) fends off the challenge of Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Music) to start a fourth week at Billboard's European Top 100 Albums summit. Lady ...

  41. Sugababes Says Jay-Z Deal Is Done

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act the Sugababes has announced it has signed with Roc Nation, Jay-Z's entertainment venture with Live Nation. The girl group launched in 2000 in the U.K. and broke through with second album "Angels With Dirty Faces" in 200 ...

  42. Green Day Set For Top On Two Days' Sales

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Green Day's comeback album "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Bros) is likely to secure the U.K. No. 1 based on just two days' sales, according to U.K. entertainment retailer HMV. The new Green Day set went on sale today ...

  43. Depeche Mode's Third Week Atop Euro Chart

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In an unchanged top three on European Top 100 Albums, "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI) starts a third week on top for Depeche Mode, ahead of Bob Dylan's "Together Through Life" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). Lady ...

  44. New Zealand Biz Focuses On The Music In May

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Forget about the event, focus on the music - that's the message from the New Zealand Music Commission on this year's NZ Music Month. Now in its ninth year, the annual industry event was officially launched with an industry showcase featu ...

  45. Depeche Mode Holds Off Bob Dylan On Euro Chart

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI) starts a second week at the European Top 100 Albums summit, and it's an 11th week at No. 1 on European Hot 100 Singles for Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/U ...

  46. Fleet Foxes Up For Three Mojo Honors

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Seattle folk-rock act Fleet Foxes has been nominated for three awards at the 2009 Mojo Honours List. The band is up for album of the year (for "Fleet Foxes," issued by Sub Pop in the U.S. and Bella Union in Europe), best live act and son ...

  47. Sugar Ray Returns With 'Music For Cougars'

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sugar Ray, the band formed in Newport Beach, Calif., and fronted by singer Mark McGrath that was responsible for a string of breezy, reggae-tinged mid-1990s radio hits including the ubiquitous "Fly," will release its first full album of ...

  48. Depeche Mode Soars To European Albums Summit

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode races 67-1 on European Top 100 Albums with its new, 12th studio set "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI), while Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) moves into a tenth week atop European Hot 100 Sing ...

  49. Pirate Bay Lawyer Files For Retrial

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four men sentenced to jail for breaching copyright in connection with Pirate Bay, one of the world's largest free file-sharing Web sites, should be given a new trial because the judge was biased, according to court documents filed in Sweden. ...

  50. Lady GaGa Scores European Chart Double

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Patience is a virtue for Lady Gaga, who completes her Europe-wide conquest by hitting the top of European Top 100 Albums for the first time with "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) after five weeks at No. 2. "Poker Face" starts a ...

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